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Mitchell drops match against Tigers

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Mitchell's Megan Scheurenbrand goes up for a kill against Huron on Tuesday at MHS gym.

The opening stages of Mitchell’s match against Huron had a traditional rivalry feel to it.

The Eastern South Dakota Conference foes were trading points as the hometown Kernels had upset on their mind. But Mitchell couldn’t keep pace with the No. 3 Tigers and were swept 25-17, 25-15 and 25-18.

“They are the third best team in the state,” Mitchell coach Deb Thill said. “You can’t make back-to-back errors. You have to give yourself an opportunity to score and they are very good.”

The Kernels (4-20) and Tigers (15-6) exchanged points in a tightly-played first set. Both teams surged ahead for three-point leads, with Mitchell’s coming at 15-12. The Kernels later held a 17-16 advantage, but gave up nine straight points (four aces) to close the set.

“Our kids were following the game plan very well,” Thill said. “That kind of broke down as the match progressed.”

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The flurry of points continued for Huron in the second set. The Tigers jumped out to a 9-3 lead and cruised for the 2-0 set advantage. The Tigers controlled the third set and withstood a late Kernel rally to complete the sweep. Mitchell chopped the deficit to 18-16 after a pair of Maya Voelzke aces. But the Tigers answered back with six straight points to seize back control.

“We needed to have a few more offensive production,” Thill said. “We probably had just as much errors as we did kills and so we were trying to find a couple ways to combat that.”

Regan Waddell and Kaspen Alm led the team with three kills apiece. Waddell added eight digs. Katy Sebert dished out 12 assists and Sarah Sebert recorded 14 digs. Amy Uher finished with nine digs. Voelzke added four aces.

“We battled defensively all night,” Thill added. “I thought our kids hustled and battled and served hard, which I think we had nine or 10 aces and that was probably a season-high for us.”

The Kernels host Pierre on Nov. 5 in their regular-season finale.

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